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Thursday, January 8, 2015
Kaleidoscope Night at the Odessa Club
Cello Suite No 3 in C Bach Conversation for two tambourines Bobby Lopez African Trip Mike Nielson Duo for Marimba and Vibraphone Losa Sejourné Passacaglia for Violin and Cello Handel- Halverson Preludes 1/3 for Classical Guitar Villa Lobos Trio Elatha The Crow B Walsh: Salamanca Reels: Trasnan? A Mc Donagh, Iniseer; Croí na Mara O Connor; Reels ; Encore Slipjig The Butterfly
It's Wednesday night at the Odessa Club and the top floor of this trendy Dublin venue is jammed. There is a buzz of anticipation as clubbers collect their drinks at the bar and settle down in the elegant top floor chamber for the first of the Kaleidoscope Night series in 2015. The lighting is subdued , the vibe is mellow, the informal setting is what vou might expect at a jazz gig or the prelude to a soulful songwriter. . Under the title Rhythmic Crossings, we heard a two hour programme featuring a mix of standard Baroque repertoire, contemporary new music and a classy fusion of trad and classical genres from a handful of excellent young professional soloists.
The evening opened with a solo item, Bach Cello Suite No 3 played by Ailbhe McDonagh . The physical closeness of the audience to the player added a thrilling intensity to McDonagh's fully committed performance.
If you thought that all there was to playing a tambourine was to tap it a bit, percussion duo, Catriona Frost and Maeve O Hara showed us otherwise in the variety of techniques deployed in a fun duet, Conversation for two tambourines.It must have been quite an effort to get a marimba and a vibraphone up the several narrow flights of stairs, It was rumoured that the instruments had arrived via helicoptor on the roof terrace. (This is very cool venue!) The cross rhythms in Mike Nielson's African Trip and the Latin American flavour of French composer Séjourné were mesmerising.
The exuberant high voltage playing from Lynda O Connor on violin in a Handel-Halverson passacaglia was startling, jolting us out of our trance like state induced by the hypnotic percussion rhythms. (Those and a large glass of merlot)
The second half of the programme exploited the potential of varied timbres within Trio Elatha in various combination of solo, duo and trios. After the arco fireworks of his colleagues, Brendan Walsh calmed us down with the soothing timbre of pizzicato guitar strings in preludes by Villa Lobos. The evening closed with a spirited set of numbers from Trio Elatha drawing on classical and traditional elements. O Connor was extraordinary, proving adept at mixing it on the style front. It is rare to find a performer equally at home in classical and traditional styles. There was an energy and inventiveness in the trio's arrangements of familiar and new material.
The audience were for the most part in the 35-55 age bracket, younger than you might find at a more formal recital. A cocktail of elements combined to make this a good night out; a varied programme, a selection of highly accomplished engaging performers, and proximity to performers and food and drink . The 9pm start allowed plenty of time to enjoy a dinner in the clubby first floor bar. Good value at €14.50 for 2 courses) and following the gig there was no hurrying you out of the venue as the bar stayed open to facilitate patrons and performers lingering to chat.
Despite losing their arts council funding, the salon series continues under the stewardship of musicians Lioba Petrie and Karen Dervan. Long may it flourish It takes place on the first Wednesday of each month at Odessa Club, Dame Street Dublin. .